The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation has announced that the Third Annual Admiral’s Ball will be held Saturday, April 27 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate in downtown Toledo
The ball will feature a commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Lake Erie and a special Honorary Committee of local business and community leaders.
The event, a major fundraiser to benefit The Maritime Academy of Toledo, will feature dining, dancing and an auction. Many of the items up for bid will have a nautical theme with some handmade by Boat Building lab students from The Maritime Academy.
“Our Admiral’s Ball continues to evolve and this year will be no different,” said Renee Marazon, CEO, The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation. “We chose the theme as the Bicentennial of The Battle of Lake Erie in part because local interest in this naval battle that happened in Northwest Ohio waters 200 years ago. By the end of this year, everyone will be talking about this naval battle that is such a pivotal piece of our local history and one that was instrumental to the growth of the United States.”
The Maritime Academy is a grades 5 to 12 college-prep community school with a nautical/maritime theme learning environment. More than 80-percent of the students who attend are at or below the U.S. poverty level.
In May, the school graduated the first students from its Career Technical Education (CTE) Program and one graduate went directly from high school to a high-paying job working aboard a ship on the Great Lakes.
In August, The Maritime Academy worked with the U.S. Navy, the City of Toledo, and other area organizations in hosting the highly successful “Fleet Week” in Downtown Toledo.
In October the Maritime Academy jumped four-letter grades to earn an “Excellent” report card rating from the State of Ohio Department of Education for the 2011-2012 school year.
As in past years, the ball will feature four dining stations, including Cold, Hot, “Action” and Dessert stations.
The cost for the Admiral’s Ball is $150 per person or $200 a couple. For more information on tickets, or to donate items for the Admiral’s Ball auction, call 419-244-9999. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at www.themaritimefoundation.us.
“It is our hope to raise $60,000 with the Third Annual 2013 Admiral’s Ball,” Marazon said. “The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation, which supports The Maritime Academy is a non-profit, 501-c-3 corporation. Money raised will support the school’s U.S. Coast Guard uniform fund; transportation subsidies for needy students; a new crane operator simulator; as well as upgrades to The Maritime Academy’s bridge, engine, navigation, and radar simulators used by our students.”